Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Committee

The Historic Courthouse Restoration Committee meets at 10 am on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held at the Historic Courthouse Welcome Center & Historic Archives, 85 Washington St, Jefferson, GA. Contact Al Westmoreland, 706-202-9767 for information.

The Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Committee was established by a resolution of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners on December 17, 2007.  The multi-member citizens' committee was created to be an advisory body to the governing authority of Jackson County, Georgia.  The purpose of the Committee is to investigate methods and means to restore the Jackson County Historic Courthouse.  In carrying out that purpose, the Committee is charged with soliciting assistance from persons and organizations interested in supporting, financially and in other ways, the projects of the Committee.

Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund Logo
Since 2007, much has been accomplished:

Phase I

The restoration of the exterior façade, including the clock and clock tower, was completed in 2010.

Phase II

The first floor restoration/rehabilitation, including the new Jackson County Welcome Center and Historic Archives, the new landscaping, and new sidewalks were completed in July, 2014. A grand reopening of the building was held on August 10, 2014, and the first floor is now open for visitors and researchers. Phone number for the Welcome Center is: 706-387-7585; for the Historic Archives: 706-387-7684.

Phase III

The restoration of the second floor courtroom to its 1908 period. Estimated date of competition TBA.

Previous Events

  • Historic Courthouse Heritage Celebration I, October 24, 2009
  • Historic Courthouse Heritage Celebration II, October 15, 2011
  • Arbor Day, February 2012. With donations from many of the municipalities in Jackson County, new trees were planted.
  • Hug the Courthouse Day, August 26, 2013
  • Historic Courthouse Heritage Celebration III, October 19, 2013
  • The Grand Reopening of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse, featuring its new Welcome Center and Historic Archives, August 20, 2014                                     

  • Historic Courthouse Heritage Celebration IV, October 10, 2015

  • “Gathering of Great Minds,” an after-hours event to set and obtain financial goals and ideas, February 14, 2016  

  •   SPLOST vote approved with $800,000 designated for 2nd floor of Historic Courthouse, March 2016 

  • “Alone Among the Living,” by G. Richard “Dickey” Hoard with a reception and book signing, 
    May 2016

  •  JCHCRC sold hot dogs, slaw, and drinks at Jefferson Freedom Festival, June 2016

  • Historic Courthouse Heritage Celebration V, October 14, 2017

Goal of Restoration

When the restoration/rehabilitation is fully completed, the Jackson County Historic Courthouse will appear as it did in 1908. The goal is to make it as historically accurate as possible while also allowing for multiple usage. Having this architectural embodiment of Jackson County's heritage open and user friendly brings many benefits to Jackson County and its citizens. The Welcome Center is becoming a magnet for tourism and functions as the gateway to the County. The Historic Archives is fast becoming a research mecca as many researchers come to the County to learn more about their family histories from historic courthouse documents.


  • Al Westmoreland - Chair
  • Archie Chaney
  • Curt Collier
  • Carol Holzhalb
  • Jack Legg
  • Martha Martin
  • Charlotte Mealor
  • Sherry Moore
  • Len Sturkie
  • Margaret Ward
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